The Milagro Beanfield War

Topics: Sociology, Mexico, Post-industrial society Pages: 4 (1358 words) Published: May 16, 2008
Who would ever think that using water could get a whole community of people mad at you? Well, the main character in the movie Joe Mondragon, didn’t really think much about using the communities water to water his bean field. When the people found out that Joe was “stealing” the water they were upset, mad, and wanted him to stop. This just goes to show that no matter what you do, you can’t please everybody. Society affects peoples behaviors in many different ways.

This movie takes place in New Mexico during the 1980's. During this time New Mexico had already established five out of the six types of societies. These societies include: Foraging, Pastoral, Horticultural, Agrarian and Industrial. The people had social support to provide physical and psychological protection from the environment. They also developed a system of values and beliefs that they will use in order to survive. They had an efficient and progressive plan for organizing societal activities that they also used to survive. And finally they had created and were using all the available tools and labor that they needed to satisfy their physical and social needs for survival.

The type of society that is illustrated in the film is the Industrial society. I knew this because they were past the hunting and gather stage because they didn’t have to go out every night and shoot an animal so they could eat. They were past the pastoral stage because there weren’t any nomadic or domestic animals. They were also past the domestic crops and the large scale crops. The people did have technology so therefore they were in the industrial society. The people were not out using spears and rocks to kill their food. But instead they had guns. I know that they weren’t quite in the Post-Industrial society because the people did not have computers or internet or any high tech gadgets. Instead they were using typewriters to type their paper which came out twice a month, they had radios, a few people...
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